3 Steps to overcome fear and live the life of your dreams


It’s enough to stop us in our tracks. And kill dreams, unfortunately.

What dream do you have? You know that dream you’ve stashed into the deepest recesses of your brain? The one you keep hidden because it scares the pants off you? Yeah, that one.

I want you to pull it out, blow away the cobwebs, and breathe some life into it.

The funny thing about fear is that the only way to overcome it is by doing. And the really funny thing is that when we’ve finally done it and managed to overcome fear, we look back on it and wonder why we were so scared.

How can you overcome your fear? There are three main steps.

1) Identify your fears

Put a name on your fear. Figure out exactly what it is that you are afraid of. Don’t leave it as “the great unknown” because there is no way to face the unknown. Make a list. Write down exactly what fears are holding you back from living your dream. Afraid of getting bitten by a snake? Write it down. Afraid of running out of money and coming back home homeless? Write it down. Make a list of each and every fear that is stopping you from living the life you want to live.

2) Prioritize your list

The fears you’re really terrified of go at the top. The ones you aren’t all that scared of go on the bottom. Be honest.

3) Banish your fears

Start at the bottom and face them down. Do it. Banish that fear by doing it, and then work your way up the list.

banish your fearWhat you will find by doing this is that most of the fears that are holding you back really aren’t a big deal. You won’t know that until you actually make that list though.

And the really big fears? By checking off those lesser fears, you’ll gain confidence and courage to tackle the big ones. You will. Honest. Trust me on this one.

The important thing is to go. Do. Start walking. The magic is in the doing.


Here are some other posts I’ve written on overcoming fear:

Face your fear

How to stop fear in its tracks

Sorting our rational from irrational fears

Ain’t no mountain high enough

Eating an elephant

Seven tips to overcome fear

Tops fears preventing people from living the life of their dreams

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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3 Responses to 3 Steps to overcome fear and live the life of your dreams

  1. Carmen October 26, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Getting out of your comfort zone with travelling is so empowering that it’ll make you feel as though you can do anything. Thanks for the post 🙂

    • Nancy Sathre-Vogel October 26, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

      @Carmen, That is so true!! When you successfully manage to handle all the demands of travel, you feel like nothing can hold you back.


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